Sunday, May 1, 2016

Team Rider Profile - Javier Colton

It has been fun getting to know Javier over the last 1.5 years. Javier is our youngest team member and is a great asset to the team. Besides being really skilled in both cyclo-cross and mountain biking, his attitude is always positive and he always brings the STOKE! I think his youthful enthusiasm about life reminds all of us "old" guys to enjoy the ride and not be to serious!





Javier riding his hometown trails in Oregon.  

Javier competing at the 2015 XC Mountain Bike Nationals in California.




Thursday, January 28, 2016

Dave's 200K Fat Pursuit Gear List

This is a follow-up post to my 2016 JayP’s Backyard Fat Pursuit 200K Race Report.

Winter ultra endurance races have been around since the first Iditabike took place on the Iditarod Trail in 1987. As fat bike technology has improved, the popularity of winter endurance racing has exploded and racers can now choose from the Tuscobia 150, Arrowhead 135, White Mountains 100, Susitna 100 and the Iditarod Trail Invitational. JayP’s Fat Pursuit 200K/200M is the newest addition to this list of ultras and is destined to be a winter classic.

Like most of the winter ultra races, the Fat Pursuit has a “Required Gear” list designed to keep the racers safe in case of emergency.

Fat Pursuit 200K/200M Required Gear:
  • Front and rear safety lights. White front, red rear
  • Headlamp or bike light
  • Ability to carry 48oz of water without freezing
  • 0*F sleeping bag or colder
  • Insulated sleeping pad – minimum size 20″x 48″
  • Bivy sac or tent
  • Insulated jacket (puffy)
  • Stove, fuel, 16 oz. pot
  • Fire starter, lighter and / or matches
  • Extra batteries for both your safety lights and headlamp
  • Map (provided)
  • SPOT locator beacon

Fat Pursuit 200K/200M Recommended Gear:
  • Gore Tex Jacket
  • Spare gloves, hat, socks
  • Ability to carry 100oz water
  • Calories
  • Thermos…nice treat!
  • Goggles
  • GPS, compass, watch, computer
Full-loaded and front-end heavy
What did I carry in 2016?

In hindsight, I would say that I carried too much gear & extra clothing and I will look for ways to lighten my load in 2017. I intentionally did not weigh my bike when it was fully loaded but I am sure it was well over 50 lbs and probably closer to 60 lbs. I took a pile of gear with me to Island Park and then made my final selection based on the last weather forecast before the race.

Bike
  • 2016 Salsa Beargrease 
  • 90mm Light-Bicycle carbon rims 
  • 26 x 4.0” 45Nrth VanHelga tires setup tubeless with 6oz of Stans in each tire
  • SRAM 1x11 Drivetrain with 26T front chainring
Testing my load at home prior to the race
Bags & Attachments
  • Expedition Pogies – Revelate Designs
  • Frame Bag - Revelate Designs
  • (2) Mtn Feed bags – Revelate Designs
  • Gas Tank – Revelate Designs
  • Jerry Can  - Revelate Designs
  • Harness (for sleep system)  – Revelate Designs
  • Handlebar Pocket – Revelate Designs
  • BarYak rails & cross bar - BarYak
  • Compression Dry Bag (for sleep system) – Granite Gear XL
  • Seat Bag – Carousel Design Works
  • Downtube Bag – Bedrock Bags
Repair Kit
Bike Repair
  • (2) Tubes
  • Lezyne Multi-tool
  • Lezyne hand pump
  • Tire lever
  • (2) 11spd Quick-links
  • Gorilla tape 
  • Valve core remover
  • (6) Zip-ties
Practicing with the Kovea Spider stove prior to the race
Gear
  • Niteride Lightning Bug 3.0 & Stinger 10 - Front and rear safety lights
  • Lupine Piko headlamp with extra batteries
  • Osprey 3L hydration pack under jacket
  • 24oz Polar Insulated water bottle
  • Western Mountaineering Puma MF -25F Sleeping Bag
  •  Thermarest 20” x 48” sleeping pad 
  •  SOL Emergency Bivy
  •  Kovea Spider Stove, Snow Peak 700 Ti pot, 110g Isobutane fuel canister
  • Aluminum folding  windscreen
  • Fire starter, BIC lighter and storm proof matches
  • Lithium AA / CR2032 / CR2450 extra batteries
  • Garmin eTrex Vista Hcx GPS loaded with 200K route
  • Garmin Edge 500 (battery died at 15.5 hours)
  • Cue Sheet
  • SPOT Gen3 (rented)
Sock layers
Feet
  • Lake MXZ 303 shoes, size 48 Wide (3 sizes larger than my normal shoes)
  • Crescent Moon neoprene shoe covers
  • Cabelas poly liner socks
  • RAB Vapor Barrier socks
  • Bridgedale Summit Socks
Body
  • Bib Shorts
  • Toko Nordic Pants
  • Craft Mesh Tank base layer
  • Craft Pro Zero Extreme LS base layer
  • Merino Wool SS jersey
  • Cloudveil Softshell Jacket
  • Craft Active Skull Cap
  • Original Buff (on and off as needed)
  • Oakley sunglasses, clear lenses
  • Pearl Izumi PRO liner gloves
  • OR PL400 fleece mittens (at night)
Extra Clothes (carried on bike)
  • Feathered Friends down jacket
  • Patagonia Nano Puff Vest
  • Montbell Rain Shell
  • Extra pair of fleece mittens
  • Extra pair of fleece gloves
  • Extra Craft Active Skull Cap
  • Extra Original Buff
Personal items
Personal Items
  • (3) Pairs HotHands hand warmers
  • (2) Pairs Grabber Insole foot warmers
  • Small packet of chamois cream
  • Dermatone
  • Advil
  • Vasoline 
  • Ear plugs
  • iPod Shuffle w/single ear bud
Final thoughts on the gear I used in 2016

My gear choices leaned to the side of comfort vs. speed this year. I can make a few changes to lighten my load and still meet the requirements of the race. If the forecast were to call for temps below zero, my load would obvious get heavier.

Lupine Piko Headlamp - One of my gear MVPs
Gear MVPs
  • Salsa Beargrease:  This fat bike rides more like a “mountain bike” than any other fat bike I have ridden and the geometry is perfect. 
  • Lupine Piko headlamp:  The Piko has up to 1200 lumens if needed as well as the ability to customize the output and battery runtime by programming the PCS switch. I ran my Piko on the middle (4W) setting that produces 470 lumens and conserves battery power.
  • RAB Vapor Barrier socks:  The RAB VB socks have taped seams, which prevent moisture from getting to your insulating socks & shoes. 
  • Patagonia Nano Puff vest:  The Nano Puff is a lightweight, compressible layer that adds a lot of warmth for its weight. I bought this vest one size too large so it would easily fit over my jacket + hydration pack. 
Gear that won’t make the cut in 2017
  • 45Nrth VanHelga tires:  I love these tires…but I will choose something with more float next year.
  • Montbell Rain Shell: A full-on rain jacket is overkill & too bulky. A water resistant wind shell would be ideal and would pack down much smaller.
  • Western Mountaineering Puma MF -25F Sleeping Bag:  This is not a camping trip. I will carry a 0F sleeping bag instead. 
  • Thermarest 20” x 48” sleeping pad: Again, this is not a camping trip. 
  • Osprey 3L hydration bladder:  My bladder leaked at the first checkpoint and this could have ended my race prematurely. It is too easy to cross-thread the lid when refilling at checkpoints. 
Thanks for reading!

Friday, January 15, 2016

2016 JayP’s Backyard Fat Pursuit 200K Race Report

JayP’s Backyard FAT Pursuit 200K Fat Bike Race took place on January 9th, 2016 in Island Park, ID.

Race report by Dave Byers:

Quick Stats:
Place: T-6th
Time: 22 Hours, 57 Minutes
Distance: 122.9 miles
Elevation Gain: 6,674’

“Go as fast as you can while conditions are good” I said to myself as I rode alone in the pre-dawn darkness. I knew that the perfect trail conditions would not last. Traveling at 10 mph on a loaded fat bike is flying, and for the first 45’ of the 200K Fat Pursuit I averaged a blistering 10.5 mph. The lead group of 6-7 riders had launched off the start line as if it was a XC race and their red taillights were out of sight within minutes. Less than hour into the race, I was riding alone.

With three checkpoints on the 200K route, the race is broken up into four segments. In long-distance fat bike races, it is almost impossible to accurately estimate split times because your speed is dependent on the ever-changing conditions. Temperature, recent trail grooming (or lack thereof), snow machine traffic, snowfall, and wind have a huge effect on your speed.

My Salsa Beargrease ready to rock the evening before our 7 AM start
Start to Checkpoint #1 – 31 Miles

Having raced the 60K Fat Pursuit in 2015, I had seen the first 31 miles of the course and knew what to expect. As we waited on the start line in mild 20F temperatures, I was very calm and focused on what I needed to do in order to give myself the best chance to finish this race. 

The riding to checkpoint #1 was truly “as good as it gets” for racing a fat bike on groomed snow machine trails. However, riding a loaded fat bike on snow requires a lot of effort even under perfect conditions. As soon as the trail pitched up at mile 12, my average speed plummeted to about 5 mph and my HR shot up another 5 bpm. “Eat. Drink. Smile. Go.” was my mantra for the day and Michelle’s “secret weapon” cookies were going down nicely.

Michelle's "Secret Weapon" cookies taste amazing and remain chewy in below-zero temps
 I rolled into checkpoint #1 in 3:15:00 feeling good. However, my biggest challenge in the first segment was not the riding…it was the transition at checkpoint #1. As part of our required gear, every racer must carry a stove, fuel, and a pot. The race also requires that each racer must use their stove to boil water when they get to checkpoint #1 before they can continue. I would give myself a C+ on my water boil. I got it done but I was not efficient.

Staying warm while boiling water at Checkpoint #1
As my water was coming to a boil, I found my drop bag and handed my hydration bladder to a smiling volunteer to fill with 84oz of warm water mixed with CarboRocket. In a rush to get going again, I forgot to double-check the lid of my bladder and as I was about to ride away, Tracey Petervary yelled, “Dave, you’re leaking”. Shit! The lid was unknowingly cross-threaded and I lost over 60oz of fluid down my back due to the leak. I had no choice but to try to dry out my jacket and hydration pack before continuing. My stop at checkpoint #1 turned into a 35’ junk show. Lesson learned.

Finally leaving Checkpoint #1
Checkpoint #1 to Checkpoint #2 (West Yellowstone) – 35 Miles 

It was almost 11am when I left checkpoint #1. This is significant because the busiest time of day for snow machine traffic is typically 11am to 4pm. Snow machine traffic churns up the trail and makes riding extremely more difficult.

Eight miles after leaving checkpoint #1, the route turned right onto the Black Canyon Loop Trail. As I made the turn, an armada of snow machines descended the steep trail towards me leaving a soft, churned up trail behind them. I did not know it at the time, but my pace was about to significantly slow down. I was now climbing at an average speed of 3.5 mph.

Cramp! Five and a half hours into the race, sharp cramps forced me off the bike as I tried to “walk it out”. The low-cadence, high-torque riding was taking a toll on my body and I tried to do damage control by walking whenever I felt a sharp cramp coming on.

Mother Nature decided to throw us curve-ball as well. As I climbed up onto the 8,000’ South Plateau, the light snow that had been falling intensified and the tire tracks in front of me were quickly filling in. Visibility was tough in the flat light and the churned up trail required max effort to keep the bike moving forward. It was ridiculous how much effort it took to ride at 4 mph at this point in the race.

Keep. Moving. Forward. I “thought” there might be some easy miles once I descended off the plateau towards West Yellowstone…I was wrong. Heavy snow machine traffic plus steady snowfall equals slow riding. The last few miles into checkpoint #2 took forever and I wobbled into West Yellowstone just a little after 5pm. The last 35 miles took me 6:41:00 and I was shattered.

Riders of various physical & mental states were sitting around the large dining table when I stumbled through the door into checkpoint #2. Although I was in rough shape, I had no thoughts of quitting at this point but I knew I needed some food & time before I could continue. As I stripped off my wet layers to dry out, angels from Heaven, aka the checkpoint #2 volunteers, delivered a hot grilled cheese sandwich & chicken noodle soup. After a second bowl of soup and more water, I was slowly coming back to life. In contrast, several riders were pulling the plug on their races and this was affecting my mojo.

Checkpoint #2, West Yellowstone
One rider who was not about to DNF was Chris Estrem from Ketchum. Chris passed me on the opening climb and arrived at checkpoint #2 about 20’ ahead of me. As I slowly came back to life, Chris was gauging my motivation to continue and asked if I wanted some company on the trip over Two Top. After a much-needed layover, we rolled out of checkpoint #2 together.

Checkpoint #2 to Checkpoint #3 (Man Cave) – 35 Miles

Based on previous reports and the route profile, this segment is definitely the crux of the race. The Two Top Trail climbs to 8,300’ and includes some very steep sections. The weather can be notoriously bad and whiteout conditions are common.

Chris and I got extremely lucky. The trail groomer had just hit the Two Top Trail and our spirits lifted immediately when we saw freshly groomed trail ahead of us. Freshly groomed trail needs to “setup” before it is firm & fast but at least we were riding our bikes instead of pushing our bikes…most of the time. As we climbed higher, the trail steepened and required pushing our heavy bikes despite the groomed surface.

After four hours of slow climbing, I was ready to be off this mountain and onto the flats that led us into the Man Cave. The chilly descent off Two Top was over in the blink of an eye but the climbing was not. There were several unexpected climbs on our approach to the Man Cave and every one of them hurt at this point in the race. As we were climbing the Meadow Creek Trail, which looked flat on paper but climbed forever, we noticed a set of very fresh mountain lion tracks heading the opposite direction down the trail. This was cool and somewhat spooky at the same time.

Approximately seven hours after leaving West Yellowstone, we arrived at checkpoint #3, aka the Man Cave. Two amazing volunteers greeted us as we wheeled our bikes into the warmth of the giant heated garage. They fed us sourdough pancakes, bacon, potatoes, coffee…and more potatoes as our damp clothes dried on the homemade clothes/boot dryer. In less than an hour, we headed out to finish this beast.

Gearing up to finish the last 22 miles
Checkpoint #3 to the Finish – 22 Miles

How hard could 22 miles on mostly-flat terrain be? Well, the “mostly-flat” trail turned out to be “pretty f’in hilly” trail. Damn you JayP!

Chris was clearly stronger at this point and appeared to ride the punchy hills with ease while I had to dig deep to clean each one. After riding together for the past nine hours, I had no intention, nor the energy, to “race” Chris to the finish and encouraged him to go ahead if I was holding him up. Chris confirmed that we were in this together to the end. Classy.

Finished in 22 Hours, 57 Minutes. Epic.
Chris and I rolled under the giant log arch at the Ponds Lodge at 6:03 am to a warm greeting by JayP, Gabe & Jenny, Eric, and Nikki & Jeremy. It was awesome to see so many friends at the finish. Our official time of 22 hours, 57 minutes put us tied for 6th place but that is not important. Finishing this beast is one of my proudest cycling accomplishments and is an experience I will never forget.


My new favorite beanie!
Lastly, I want to thank Michelle for supporting me while I pursued this crazy-ass adventure.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for a follow-up post on the gear I used during this race.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

This is the end...2015


As we close out 2015, we just wanted to thank our sponsors for supporting us and helping us enjoy healthy and active lifestyles, while promoting the sports of mountain biking and cyclo-cross. The team had a very successful year both racing and being a positive contributing member in our community.  The team accumulated a total of 262 race starts across 6 states.  The teams favorite events based on participation included the Knobby Tire Series 9 to 5 race at Jug Mountain and the first weekend of the Idaho Waffle Cross Series in which the team has co-promoted for the last 5 years.  The teams "home, away from home" once again are Bend and Grand Targhee largely as a result of the High Cascade 100 and Pierre's Hole 100 races. On the community service side of things, the team accumulated over 200 community service hours through trail work of the Ridge to Rivers trail system, Eagle Bike Park and our annual Spring Clean Up of the Camel's Back trail systems.



Once again, thank you to all of our sponsors of 2015:  Eastside CyclesFit WrapzRRC ContractorsTrailhead ChiropracticMatt Green PhotoAthlete 360Habitat Veterinary HospitalMyoFly MassageSilverstone Family DentalRocky Mountain BikesCenotePolar BottleHoney StingerMaxxis Tires, Carbo Rocket,  Patagonia and Pactimo!



Keep in touch after the New Year to see what will be new and exciting for the team as we go into our 6th year!





Monday, October 12, 2015

2015 Eagle Island CX Race Report- Cat Pro 1/2


Gabriel KeckThis is one of my favorite courses of the season, and once again Reel Theaters didn't disappoint!  The course is always a fun mix of slaloming around trees, punchy climbs, beach sand, and fast double track around the lake.  The race started in typical fashion with a couple hundred yards of pavement followed by a hairpin turn onto grass to the first hill climb of the course.  It was a bit of a bump and grind around that first corner with Richard Feldman, Remi, Tad, Cory, Ian, myself, and Andrew Harris going in hot.  We quickly got sorted out after the hairpin whilst hitting the first punchy climb.  Then Ian who was at the front crashes out in the first technical corner coming off the hill.  We sweep around him, and somewhere around here Richard Feldman gets free of the pack and we only see glimpses of him for the duration of the race.  However, it becomes a bit of a throw down in the chase group.  Cory gets away by riding strong and smooth through the technical part of the course but once on the doubletrack, the pack closes the gap.  I was able to make a move to the front of the chase group about halfway through the fast double track section, and was then working with Tad and Harris (who is coming on strong this season!) on the road section.  After drafting a bit, I moved to the front and put in an effort.  As this was just a lap into the 8 lap race, I wanted to stay with the chase group, but when a gap opened, I decided to give it a go and see if I could get away.  

At every turn I saw that I was inching away from them, but Feldman was increasing his gap on me.  It soon became a race where I had no chance of closing ground on 1st, but very worried that I would be caught by the chase group.  At this point I tried to relax and simply ride as smooth as I possibly could.  No hard braking into corners, no aggressive turns, just focusing on keeping my heart rate down in the technical sections and giving it all I had on the flats and hills.  This helped the race go quickly, and soon it was bell lap.  I finished with Feldman nowhere in sight, but with Tad and Harris close behind to round out the podium.  Fun course, fun racing, and good times racing out there with Cory, who will be bringing some of the Cross Crusade fitness back to the local races!  

 

I've had a solid start to the cx season, and I think it has to do with my racing the Bogus Basin Hill Climb race for the first time.  It's one of the last road races of the season, and for me, a little over an hour in duration, pretty much like a cx race.  Doing the Tuesday evening Bogus Basin training rides that lead up to the race got the fitness dialed in.  And I was then able to maintaining this fitness with consistent mtn bike rides on Tues and Thurs evenings plus a Bogus hill climb or Lost River Cycling (LRC) road ride on the weekends.  This took me into the cx season with a solid base of fitness.  This doesn't mean that cx racing is any less painful, it just means that I feel I can recover more quickly from a hard effort or chase and then do it again... 

Gabe calmly reeling in Harris
In addition to the consistent training, the other key has been a dialed in cx bike.  This is the first season I Belgian taped my tubies on my wheels, and now I can run lower pressure without fear of rolling a tire, which has plagued me for several season in a row now... So if you want to know how to glue on a tubular tire with Belgian tape, hit me up!  I have the process dialed, and yes, there are a few tricks...  And many thanks to Ryan, the fearless leader at Eastside Cycles, for getting me the shifters and drivetrain parts necessary to get my season started off right!  

Friday, October 9, 2015

Crash Happens


And so it begins the start of another season of Treasure Valley Cyclocross! 

We opened up the season with Waffle Cross on September 26th/27th. 

We knew it would be tough.  We didn’t know how we would do.  We didn’t plan on crashing…

 



Saturday we worked out the kinks and gave good efforts, Sunday we poured out what we had left, took some chances and tried to improve on Saturday’s results.  And – we crashed.


My crash happened early on in the first lap.  Luckily, aside from some pretty good bruises that are just now starting to go away, two weeks later, I lucked out and avoided any major injury for the type of crash I encountered.

Lessons Learned:

1)      don’t pass a ‘roadie’ on a straight-away (they tend to go very fast – and drafting may be the better option)

2)      Be leery of a wide course – may not be the right place to pass – hidden obstacles exist.  Leaving the bead of the trail could have some adverse consequences.

3)      Find those wheel swallowing holes and avoid them the next lap if you’re able to continue! (I found one, but was unable to continue…)

4)      Watch out for you fellow racers while spectating – crash happens!  Lend a hand, check in, make sure the racer is okay!  They may not be!

 Thanks to the folks that helped me on course and Ryan (Eastside Cycles) for helping my bike.  We were a dusty mess – but happy to be alright!


See you on the course! (SICX: Sandy Point #1/#2 October 24th & 25th)

Angela

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Smoke and Fire 2015, Boise’s Ultra Endurance Mountain Bike Event @ 444miles – A Review.


Reflecting on my completion of this second annual event I am left thinking about two things:  Gratitudes and Goals. 

It takes a lot to plan a route through rugged Idaho terrain.  There are thousands of forest service roads, area highlights and single track worth riding at least once when passing through an area (although maybe not on a fully loaded bike J ).

My hat goes off to Norb DeKerchove and Tyson Fahrenbruck for their efforts to create a local route of this nature, for this I am grateful. 

Gratitudes

To the friends, family, team sponsors and strangers who lent us GPS units, tracked us online, met us at restaurants, met us on Fisher Creek to take photos, waited hours for the last decent into town and at the finish, offered to rescue us on route whenever, to the local business sharing our excitement for the event and all of the racers on course – you truly made this event exciting while pushing our mental and physical limits, thank you.


I certainly had challenges – from exposed, hot, long, asphalt climbs to moon dusted backraods full of large semis and locals cruising somewhere leaving heavy, green snot to hack up in the evenings and mornings from day one till days after the race.  But my body held on.  For that – I am grateful.

Goals

I set off on this event with very loose goals.  Finish, and don’t waste too much time.  I had lofty thoughts of where in the pack my ‘goals’ would land me, but I was ready to let the trip unfold and adjust accordingly.  This last point is becoming very important to me and other racers out there that must adjust goals.  Several friends this year were unable to finish and had to adjust their goals and/or forfeit them altogether.  This is a very mature thing to do, by that I mean; Difficult, Calculated and Smart.  You have to be true to yourself; your body, mind and ego.  You see it all too often:  The stubborn, the perpetually injured.  And of course, the unlucky.  But to be able to adjust and make the best call is really what an event like this draws out of people.  Gear and bodies fail, decisions forced and injuries can occur.  What you do with these unplanned failings is a big mix of mental and physical monsters that can leave you in despair.

A top racer this year sat in a Fairfield bar awaiting a ride from Boise as his rear wheel and frame contact was to the point that the wrong decision may leave him stranded in an isolated area with minimal gear.  A calculated risk leading to a scratch.  And he got to drink beer for near two hours as the rest of us calculated what it would take to leave the bar at all… 

An experience gal, passing faster riders at night, spent 3 hours icing, stretching, fueling and contemplating the decision to scratch over a knee injury at Galena.  She knew it would be a bad decision to continue but still struggled over the forgone conclusion as she chatted up all the racers catching up to her.

A 2014 S&F420 finisher scratched just out of Ketchum with swollen knees, certainly a hard decision, but one that didn’t leave him further injured. 

Similarly, a strong teammate suffered some Achilles pain that forced the decision to safely scratch just 50 miles shy of the finish.

These decisions did not come easy, nor were they ‘black and white’.  We all intended to finish.  We all had things crop up.  Some were manageable or fixable and we were able to continue.  Others had harder decisions.  Would continuing be safe?  Would I do permanent damage?   Will the pain subside?  Will I be stranded?  I’m grateful in all of these scenarios everyone wound up safe and not further injured.  Well done.

Trackleaders & Stats

What a wonderful tool.  Making an event like this even more exciting for family and friends.  You could track us real time on a map, on an elevation profile and in table form, continually calculating our statistics. 


Here you can see Josh Krattiger didn’t turn off his tracker post race – I heard he was a bit mentally taxed at the top of the last decent – maybe there’s a story here?  (Josh crushed the last 20 miles – taking back two positions just before the finish – finishing strong)



Would sleeping longer make me ride ultimately faster?  Or should I sleep less and keep moving?  Well, you can compare racer statistics:

Lets compare our top finishers: 1st place, calling himself “The Buffet” and 2nd place Rebecca Rush:
 
 

 



Both ride times were about the same, but Rebecca stopped just under a hour longer than The Buffet, thus coming in second.  In this case, the sleep deprived wins! (Different level of racing).  Let’s compare more local teams:  Eastside vs. Meridian Cycles….

 
 
 
 
 
 
Here you have racer #1 who rode 1day, 16hrs, 49minutes and racer #2 1day 21hrs and 25 minutes…did racer #1 beat racer #2 by 4 ½ hours?  Well, how long did racer #1 stop?  1day, 1hour and 29 minutes!  Wow, that seems like a long time…. Racer #2?  19hours, 36minutes!  (6 hours less stop time).  So did racer #2 beat racer #1 by (6hrs-4½ hrs = 1½ hours?)  Only if they averaged the same speed…. Racer #1 is faster. :-)  But….came in just over an hour behind racer #2.  Nice Job Jeremy Whitman!

 
 
 
I personally like to view the Race Flow part of trackleaders.  You can really see how sleeping/stopping effects your placements – or where and when people pass eachother – sneaky night  moves!

 
 
 
  

Here is the overview of the Male racers this year.  You can see at the bottom of all the traces three pretty distinctive flat areas.  People are sleeping (well, some of them anyway).  The first long flat area at the bottom of the graph are, at that time, the last place racers (myself included) sleeping just below Dollarhyde Mountain.

Here is a close up:
I was 13 ½ hrs in at mile 143 with 3 other riders.  Stopping so early (about 7:30pm) allowed 6 people to pass – only one of which I would later pass back.
Here is another good example of stopping too long, or waiting for and or eating food at an establishment.

 
Rolling into Fairfield I was in 9th place overall.  By the time I left: 14th place. Of course moving into 20th+ place by the time I woke up the next morning…  However, this allowed me ample rest for a big climb and energy to make it to an 1hr 20min breakfast in Ketchum!

Things to consider if considering this race

I packed about 5 power/protein bars 444miles that I couldn’t manage an appetite for.  Know what you’d want to eat.  Many of us suggest ‘real’ food.  This can be a challenge if you are in a hurry (racing for a top spot and wanting to minimize stop time as ordering and eating food averaged me about 1 ½ hours per stop – Fairfield, Ketchum, Galena and Redfish ~ 6hrs to order and eat somewhere on route).
What to wear and when.  Warm clothes for camping or cycling?  Cycling at night?  Enough battery for lights and warm gloves and booties?  Staying in Stanley basin?  Warm bag/thermal layers?
Bringing your own food to avoid the 6+ hours of food waiting/eating?  Room for stove, food and fuel?  Are you going to have a night away from a population center or push through a 112mile stretch?
These things demand some time to think about and pack for.  If you wing it or have to adjust your plan, it hopefully will only cost you time.  Adjust and get what you need before and during the event.
I’d say training for this thing is only a mental comfort and almost a mute point – a potential to set you up for a mental failure based on training expectations.
My suggestion if interested?  Determine you minimum comfort gear and riding conditions and - Just Do it.  Keep a positive attitude and be realistically smart.  This will allow you to eat/drink regularly and turn the cranks to complete the loop.
Cheers!
z